The regular 2023 legislative session is over. Here’s how the most consequential bills fared.
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of the bill tracker included SB 9, which would have given one-time bonuses to teachers according to their school district’s enrollment size. However, we removed it from the tracker after a House committee removed teacher bonuses from the bill.
The 2023 Texas legislative session came to a stunning end when tense negotiations on property taxes and border issues between lawmakers broke down at the last minute, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to call for an immediate special session.
The governor also announced that “many critical items remain” to be passed by the Legislature and would require multiple special sessions. A school voucher plan, one of Abbott’s main priorities this session, also fizzled out before the session’s end.
The last days of the sessions were also overshadowed by the Texas House’s historic vote to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Lawmakers did pass bills banning puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender children, allowing prosecutors to pursue murder charges against people who sell fentanyl and eliminating diversity, equity and inclusion offices on public university campuses. In addition, the legislators passed a $321.3 billion state budget, allocating money toward tax cuts, mental health access and infrastructure for broadband and water. To help pay for the budget, they allocated half of the record $32.7 billion surplus they had at their disposal.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2023/05/18/texas-legislature-bills-pass-fail/.
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